Video: UW-Green Bay Chancellor Alexander discusses the ‘wash, watch, wear’ responsibility of the entire campus community

Hello UW-Green Bay students.

I hope you’re all doing well. I’m here today to give you another campus update, and to let you know that we have given campus guidelines out to area and divisional leaders for how we’ll be able to operate in the fall. Over the next week individual leaders will work to respond to those guidelines and make sure that each area of campus can open responsibly.

We want to make sure that you know that there are going to be three core things to do for us to be able to open successfully: One is to wear a mask. Second, wash your hands. Make sure you’re always practicing good hygiene. And third, watch your distance. Make sure you’re staying apart as much as possible. Make sure that you’re observing that distance so that we can all stay safe when we’re here together.

I also want to encourage you as a campus to please understand that we are working through literally thousands and thousands of details to be able to open up successfully in in the fall. If you have concerns over any of those details, please do not hesitate to reach out. The first place you could start with is by emailing Any concerns that you have about the opening of fall please you can start with them, and they’ll be able to route your question to the appropriate place and make sure you get an appropriate answer.

We want to make sure we continue to communicate with you in the lead up to the fall and you can expect a lot more communication in the coming weeks. I hope you’re doing well and that you have a great rest of your week, and thanks for listening today.

UW-Green Bay junior Autumn Rettke was ‘blown away’ with online learning transition

Although UW-Green Bay is intending to be open in fall and welcoming faculty, staff and students back on campus, some classes originally scheduled for in-person instruction will be moving online or having online aspects to them for the safety of the UW-Green Bay community. Current UW-Green Bay students who transitioned to online learning in Spring 2020 demonstrate that they are resilient problem-solvers and describe their experiences while providing some advice to future students…

Autumn Rettke is a junior majoring in English Education and minoring in Dance.

Autumn Rettke

“When the spring classes switched from in-person to online-only, I was very concerned about my Education and Dance courses, because the two focus on elements that are best learned through in-person observation. I was blown away with how well my professors maintained the personal element of these courses while remaining completely online. We participated in discussions, group work and peer edits, which helped uphold the feeling of community that comes along with in-person classes. All of my professors offered email check-ins, over-the-phone meetings and even Zoom office hours. I always felt that my professors were not only prepared but also genuinely invested in their students’ well-being.”


Photo of college students playing kick ball on the beach during sunset.

Video: Rise Beyond the Ordinary, Manitowoc Campus Showcase

Rise beyond the ordinary on our breathtaking lakefront campus in Manitowoc where you can earn your degree at a school that’s world class and close to home.

Video Transcript: Rise beyond the ordinary at UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus. Where you can earn a bachelor’s degree from start to finish. Ignite your brainpower in state-of-the-art science labs. Spark your creative expression in theater and the arts. Stand out— with personal attention from award-winning professors. Embrace college life and get involved. This is your time
To learn.
To invent.
To explore.
To have fun.

This is your time to RISE! 

Video by Sue Pischke, Marketing and University Communication

Weight loss a goal? Assistant Prof. Chu has advice

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. and Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Alan Chu (Psychology) shared his insights on using the power of “yet” (a growth mindset) MyFitnessPal’s post titled 8 Strategies to Boost Weight Loss, According to Psychologists. “Success in school, work, sports and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by our mindset about our talents and abilities,” says Prof. Chu, “A growth mindset frames abilities and situations as changeable with hard work, and a fixed mindset frames abilities as inborn and not changeable.” To try it, Chu recommends adding the word “yet” to any challenge you’re currently dealing with. For instance: I haven’t reached my ideal weight … yet. I’m not making it to the gym three times a week … yet. I haven’t figured out an eating plan that works for me … yet. These types of statements signal to your brain that even though things aren’t exactly how you want them to be right now, you can get where you want to go with time and effort.


Prof. Weinschenk accepts dinner invite with Consul-General of Japan

Found on Facebook and certainly worth sharing, UW-Green Bay Prof. Aaron Weinschenk (Political Science) accepted a dinner invitation with one of the Consul-General of Japan (Chicago consulate). His goal was to learn about Wisconsin’s role in the presidential election. A consul-general (basically the head of a given consulate) assists and protects the citizens of the consul’s own country, and works to facilitate trade and friendship between the people of the two countries (in this case, Japan and the U.S.).

Reminder to sign up for the Mental Health Trainings being offered by Kris Vespia!

The Office of Academic Affairs invites UW-Green Bay staff members to participate in professional development sessions on Mental Health.

Wednesday, August 5, 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Diversity and Mental Health: Exploring the Role of Culture, Gender, and More

How does culture influence the symptoms, stigmas, and preferred treatments for mental health concerns? What role does gender play in help-seeking? What specific needs might certain groups, such as members of the LGBTQ+ community, refugees, and military veterans have? This 90-minute interactive professional development session will explore these questions and more. Participants will also learn about mental health resources available for members of specific groups.

If interested, please sign up here. You do not need to take the first one in July to participate in the August training. If you have further questions, please email Mary Kate Ontaneda or Kris Vespia.


Former UW-Green Bay student featured for passion for printing | Print+Promo

Jill Kerske has the foresight to predict potential issues before they leak out of the pipeline. But, the 21-year industry veteran isn’t just an anticipator; she’s a reactor, when appropriate, always ready with solutions. It’s not a question of “Can she do it?” Rather, it all comes down to the how.

I aim to anticipate customer needs, as well as the needs of my internal constituents and teammates,” Kerske said. “The best way I can describe my philosophy of customer care is to be water. Put anything in a jar and add water to fill in all around, plugging all the gaps.”

Kerske’s print roots date back to high school. She always had an interest in art, so when it was time to choose an elective, graphics felt like a good fit. She recalls learning the whole process, including art setup, shooting negatives and making plates—even running small AB Dicks. During her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Kerske focused more on the art/computer graphics side; however, her first job out of college was in the local newspaper prepress.

Source: 2020 CSR All-Stars: Jill Kerske, Independent Printing Inc. – Print+Promo

Current honors top young professionals | Insight Publications

Current Young Professionals, a program of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, honored two individuals and one business at its annual Future 15 & Young Professional Awards presented by the Donald J. Schneider MBA program at St. Norbert College.

During the virtual event, Heather Milbach of Schreiber Foods was named Young Professional of the Year, Taylor Pierce of The Cupcake Couture was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Nicolet National Bank was named Next Generation Best Place to Work. The Next Generation Best Place to Work Award recognizes a business that demonstrates a commitment to the development of young professionals, adopts policies that promote work-life balance, values generational differences, and institutes attraction and retention initiatives for young talent.

The event also recognizes 15 young professionals in the area who are growing and excelling in their respective fields. These individuals are influencing the growth, prosperity and quality of life in greater Green Bay through their professional accomplishments and community involvement. In addition to Milbach, other Future 15 honorees include: Kassie Batchelor, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; Joe Faulds, City of Green Bay; Mario Gonzalez, Wello; Claudia E. Guzman, UW-Green Bay; Beth Hudak, House of Hope Green Bay Inc.; Ben Joniaux, UW-Green Bay; Sarah Krier, Breakthrough; Kathryn Kroll, Downtown Green Bay Inc.; Samantha Maass, On Broadway Inc.; Ken Mika, Geosyntec Consultants Inc.; Briana Peters, Hawkins Ash CPAs, LLP; Kristina Shelton, YWCA Greater Green Bay; Madeline C. Szymanski, CP and Lucky 7 Dog Rescue; and Tynisha D. Willingham, St. Norbert College.

Source: Current honors top young professionals | Insight Publications

UW-Green Bay alumna Amani Latimer Burris campaigns for Wisconsin State Senate | Madison365

Amani Latimer Burris says that she is running for State Senate to celebrate the diversity of Madison and Wisconsin and because she is passionate about uniting us in our differences. Economics, she says, is the subject that she hears her constituents talk about the most and has been a huge focal point of her campaign.

Latimer Burris was born in Madison and raised in both Madison and Green Bay. She graduated from Green Bay East High School and went on to earn her bachelor of arts degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Source: “I will unite us in our differences.” Amani Latimer Burris campaigns for Wisconsin State Senate | Madison365